Coppelia Ice Cream Celebrates Half a Century / 14ymedio

Members of the street art group D' Morón Teatro, Thursday in Havana. (14ymedio)
Members of the street art group D’ Morón Teatro, Thursday in Havana. (14ymedio)

14ymedio bigger14ymedio, Havana, 10 November 2016 – The Havana corner of 23rd and L in Vedado displayed an unusual panorama on Thursday. Along with the passersby were mixed characters dressed in period clothing with a patina of mud. The street art group D’ Morón Teatro came from Ciego de Avila to celebrate five decades of the ice cream parlor with their work Anaphylaxis.

The presentations of this group are based on the technique of living statues using clay as makeup. The group was created in 1987 and its performance pieces have become very popular thanks to titles like Muddy Medea or one inspired by the epic of Troy. More recently, a bold version of the novel by Cirilo Villaverde, Cecilia Valdes, took to the streets.

Although the work of D’ Morón Teatro has been widely featured by the national media, there was no shortage of smiles when its muddy characters appeared on one of the busiest corners of the capital. Photos, jokes and applause followed the singular staging, to the point of distraction for the customers in line at Coppelia, waiting for those icy treats so different from half a century ago.